Community newspaper publisher American Hometown Publishing announced it has acquired The Islander News in Key Biscayne, Fla., from Anne S. Owens.
"AHP will carry forward The Islander's legacy and mission of service to the community of Key Biscayne," Owens said. "I knew this was a perfect match from the beginning of our discussions."
The Islander News began publishing in 1966 and Owens joined the newspaper's staff in 1968, shortly after moving there from Chicago with her husband, Clyde, and three sons. In 1985, the Owens family bought the newspaper.
"To be entrusted with Ms. Owens legacy is a privilege," said Brad Dennison, an industry veteran and longtime GateHouse Media executive who joined AHP earlier this year. "I have great respect for what she has accomplished in Key Biscayne, and I'm proud she believes AHP was the right home for The Islander Newsgoing forward."
The island of Key Biscayne is less than 10 minutes from Miami and has a population of about 13,000, which represents growth of about 18% since 2000. The town itself occupies just 1.4 square miles. The Islander Newsis a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,600, and it also produces Island Life Magazine.
Formed in 2005, AHP is an independent media company that operates newspapers, magazines and websites in Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and now Florida. The acquisition marks the company's first in seven years.